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***This listing is for the PATTERN ONLY - finished bags are not included, but are listed separately for your convenience.***

Reusable produce bags are so handy in helping to avoid unwanted plastic bags invading your home - but I’ll bet you can come up with more uses for them than just that. These little lovelies will hold a LOT! From my adventure at the first market of the season, I jammed into the orange one:

• 8 freshly baked bagels
• a nice slab of cheese (from my favorite local cheesemaker)
• a big bunch of radishes
• another bunch of green onions
• a small bag of freshly baked biscotti

You see where I’m going with this? What I had in there didn’t even begin to stretch it out to it's fullest. The best part about these little bags is that because the neck of the bag is a bit narrower and the mesh stretches so nicely, it doesn't tip over and spill everything everywhere!

Honestly, the real reason I wrote this pattern is that even though I buy patterns, I’m not always satisfied with them. I’m not typically a pattern writer, but after fiddling (and, struggling) with quite a few purchased patterns and revisiting several different techniques I’ve used for past projects (including an ‘accidental’ ribbed mesh pattern that just happened), it seemed the perfect way to share my satisfaction with what I’ve come up with.

One of the causes of my frustration was working from the bottom up - because DPNs and I don’t always play nice together, I’ve found that it’s easier for me to finish rather than starting with them. So, these little bags are worked in the round, from the top down. And, because a little more than a simple Knit-Purl is required, I’d categorize this as for an Advanced Beginner - maybe even Intermediate.

I’ve included options for all 3 segments of the bags - the band/handles (2), the mesh body (4) and the base (2). The mesh techniques range from a cushiony ‘accidental’ ribbed mesh, to a very stretchy, fishnet type of mesh. My personal preference is for the rolled handle, really stretchy mesh and the looser, more open and stretchier base - how will you customize yours?


Within 24-48 hours of purchase, a link to download the pattern will be sent to the email address on your Etsy invoice.

And, now for all the necessary gobbledy-gook and yada-yada - you may print this pattern for your own use, make as many of these bags as you want or can and feel free to sell them locally at craft shows, farmer’s markets or in your local shop, (but, please, NOT on Etsy or any other online venue), use them for gifts or donate them. Do not copy, give away or sell the pattern - the sales are part of how I make part of my living and supplement my retirement pension.

Thanks so much!

Small Produce or Market Bag - PDF Knitting Pattern to Design Your Own


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